Definition of toleration in English:



  • The practice of tolerating something, in particular differences of opinion or behavior.

    ‘the king demanded greater religious toleration’
    • ‘With varying degrees of consciousness, most Americans seem to appreciate the practical benefits of liberalism and toleration.’
    • ‘Cultures also differ in their toleration of uncertainty.’
    • ‘He believed in religious toleration but supported an established church, the Anglican Communion.’
    • ‘Liberal ideas first took shape in the struggle for religious toleration in the 16th and 17th centuries.’
    • ‘The multicultural character of societies today renders the mutual toleration of differences important.’
    • ‘Her desire for religious toleration was in stark contrast to the bigotry that riddled French society.’
    • ‘We are still looking for a positive case to be made on behalf of liberal toleration.’
    • ‘He ignores the long tradition of religious toleration under the Ottoman Empire.’
    • ‘Charles then set about promoting the cause of religious toleration for all non-Anglicans.’
    • ‘William agreed to religious toleration and to Parliament's claims to authority.’
    • ‘They also desired fair trials, religious toleration and vast administrative reforms.’
    • ‘In 1568 a royal edict extended religious toleration to Catholics, Lutherans, Unitarians and Calvinists.’
    • ‘I'd like to think my toleration for different races, religions and sexuality is really high because of the way I was raised and my studies.’
    • ‘There are other forms of religious toleration which are not liberal.’
    • ‘His dissertation is a study of the politics of religious toleration in the middle colonies.’
    • ‘Born in London, he distinguished himself by loyalty in politics and toleration in religion.’
    • ‘It was also the the first European settlement to proclaim religious toleration.’
    • ‘He rejected confessional Christianity and allowed religious toleration in his kingdom.’
    • ‘He should fight against oppression and to establish justice and the broadest principles of religious toleration.’
    • ‘Instead they cultivate the value of toleration, which becomes the chief virtue in democratic societies.’
    acceptance, tolerance, approval, understanding, endurance, putting up with, ignoring
    freedom of worship, religious freedom, freedom of conscience
    forbearance, liberality, open-mindedness, lack of prejudice, lack of bias, broad-mindedness, liberalism
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Late 15th century (denoting the granting of permission by authority): from French tolération, from Latin toleratio(n-), from tolerare (see tolerate).